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More than 50,000 pieces of evidence packs three rooms and a caged area at the Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Police Department.

Evidence is pouring into the department and retained longer, said Detective Lee Mikulec, the evidence custodian for the Fond du Lac Police Department.

Commonly referred to by law enforcement as the “Avery Bill,” Wisconsin Act 60 passed in 2005 instituted numerous actions to reduce wrongful convictions. One of those actions requires law enforcement to keep DNA evidence in storage.

“Evidence rooms across the country are exponentially growing,” Mikulec said. “(Space) is a huge issue for us. … As I retire or die, there will be people going back to these cases 20, 30 or 40 years from now and trying to make heads and tails of these reports. They will need to find the attorneys (to destroy evidence).”

Learn more from Russell Plummer’s article at Wausau Daily Herald.

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